Pavel Lungin

Pavel Semyonovich Lungin (Russian: Па́вел Семёнович Лунги́н; born 12 July 1949) is a Russian film director.[1][2] He is sometimes credited as Pavel Loungine (as in the American release of Tycoon). Lungin was awarded the distinction People's Artist of Russia in 2008.[3]

Pavel Lungin
Native name
Па́вел Семёнович Лунги́н
Pavel Semyonovich Lungin

(1949-07-12) 12 July 1949
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Spouse(s)Elena Lungina

Life and career

Born on 12 July 1949 in Moscow, Lungin is the son of a scriptwriter and linguist Lilianna Lungina. He later attended Moscow State University at the Mathematics and Applied Linguistics of the Philological Faculty, from which he graduated in 1971. In 1980 he completed the High Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors (Mikhail Lvovsky's Workshop).

Lungin worked primarily as a scriptwriter until given the opportunity to direct Taxi Blues at age 40. The film starred well-known musician Pyotr Mamonov.[4] For the film he received the Best Director Prize at 1990 Cannes Film Festival.[5] That same year he took up residence in France, while making films in and about Russia with French producers. Two years later, his next film Luna Park would also compete at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.[6]

In 1993 he was a member of the jury at the 18th Moscow International Film Festival.[7]

He was the librettist for Nikolai Karetnikov's opera Till Eulenspiegel (written 1983) and Karetnikov's oratorio The Mystery of St. Paul.

At the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, Pavel Lungin's film The Wedding was awarded the Special Jury Prize for the best ensemble cast.[8]

In 2001 Pavel Lungin began shooting his new film Tycoon based on Julia Dubova's novel The Big Ration. The picture was a drama set during the Mikhail Gorbachev years about five students who jump on the private capitalism movement. The film was released in Russia in October 2002.

Lungin made the black comedy Poor Relatives in 2005, winner of the main prize of the Kinotavr 2005 Festival, and a television miniseries based on Nikolai Gogol's works, titled The Case of "Dead Souls", which premiered on NTV in September 2005. Both Poor Relatives and The Case of "Dead Souls" starred Konstantin Khabensky.

In 2006 he directed the religious film The Island which also had Mamonov in the lead role. The film closed the 63rd Venice International Film Festival and was praised by the Russian Orthodox Church leader Alexis II.

He was the President of the Jury at the 31st Moscow International Film Festival in 2009.[9] In the same year he made the film Tsar with Pyotr Mamonov and Oleg Yankovskiy. The film competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.[10]

In March 2014 he signed a letter in support of the position of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on Russia's military intervention in Ukraine and Crimea.[11] For this he was banned from entering Ukraine.[12] Crimea is since March 2014 under dispute by Russia and Ukraine.[13]

Lungin directed the thriller The Queen of Spades in 2016. The picture is about opera singers preparing for a performance in the Queen of Spades.

From 2015 he is the director of political thriller television series Homeland, a localized adaptation of Prisoners of War.

Filmography (as director)




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  3. Указ Президента Российской Федерации "О присвоении почётного звания "Народный артист Российской Федерации" Лунгину П. С." (in Russian). Президент России. Официальное интернет-представительство. 20 November 2008. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
  4. Биография Павла Лунгина (in Russian). People's History. 27 July 2007. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
  5. "Festival de Cannes: Taxi Blues". Retrieved 2009-08-06.
  6. "Festival de Cannes: Luna Park". Retrieved 2009-08-15.
  7. "18th Moscow International Film Festival (1993)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2014-04-03. Retrieved 2013-03-09.
  8. "Советские/российские фильмы - лауреаты Каннского фестиваля. Справка". RIA Novosti.
  9. "31st Moscow International Film Festival (2009)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-04-21. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  10. "Festival de Cannes: Tsar". Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  11. "Деятели культуры России — в поддержку позиции Президента по Украине и Крыму". Ministry for Culture of Russian Federation. Archived from the original on 2014-03-11.
  12. SBU issues entry ban against 140 Russian artists, UNIAN (5 November 2016)
    Ukraine’s State Security Service bans 140 Russian cultural figures from entering country, TASS news agency (5 November 2016)
  13. Gutterman, Steve. "Putin signs Crimea treaty, will not seize other Ukraine regions". Reuters. Retrieved 2014-03-26.
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